"He's very close to game-ready," manager Bryan Price said.
A lack of control could keep
Gausman was chucking his fastball at nearly 100 miles an hour in his last start, but has yet to throw his breaking ball for strikes, which could result in him being groomed as a short reliever. He walked just 13 in 47 2/3 innings a year ago, but his 5.66 ERA indicated a lack of an effective variety in his pitch selection.
The Orioles' inability to sign free agent pitcher Ervin Santana is good news for Gausman, but he could still wind up at Triple-A Norfolk.
"I'm not going to go up there looking for a walk, but I do think I can get back to walking more," Gonzalez said.
When Gonzalez was with the Padres, he was an OBP machine. He led the majors in 2009 with 119 walks and had a .374 on-base percentage in five seasons with the Padres. Though, the last two seasons his OBP has been .343, and Gonzalez said that had a lot to do with the lineup protection he had in Boston and Los Angeles and lacked in San Diego.
"I went to Boston and I came here and it's like, 'They have to come after me, look at who's behind me,'" he said. "That shifted my mentality and made me more aggressive."
Gonzalez is looking to alter his approach in 2014, and thus far he's happy with the results.
"I've done a decent job of it so far this spring," he said. "I've walked three or four times and a lot of at-bats have gone deep into counts. There have been at-bats where I got frustrated because I walk and I'll say, 'I want to hit now,' but then I'm like, 'Stay with it.'"
The team also announced that shortstop
"He threw a 38-pitch bullpen an hour ago, and he's in good shape. He has thrown 17 bullpens so far," Wren said of Santana, who signed a one-year deal with Atlanta Wednesday.
"He's not progressing as much as we'd like. You're always concerned about health," Wren said.
"The swing feels good, and it's nice to get out there and actually participate in a game," Pacheco said. "The shoulder feels good, no pain.
"It's just being strong. My little rotator cuff exercises helped out a bunch. Going from not holding a glove up to doing it every day is a little wearing on the body. I've just got to be smart and keep up my exercises. It should be good."
Stud shortstop prospect
Other notable prospects sent down were outfielders